Nordic Master Programme in Polymer Technology


Master of Science (Technology).
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120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Technology and Engineering


2 years, full-time


An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Chemical Engineering

Application period:

2017-10-16 - 2018-01-15

Further information:

Program website


The Nordic Master in Polymer Technology is a double degree programme developed jointly by The Nordic Five Tech network (N5T). The programme is strongly based on mathematics and science, and on the research and teaching excellence of participating universities which are Royal Insitute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Aalto University, Chalmers University of Technology and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

The students will, in excess to basic skills in polymer technology, get a broader understanding of the research in this field through the studies in two different universities. The programme includes one year in one of the partner universities and the other year in other partner university.

Study programme

Polymer technology is essential for technical progress in large number of areas and it plays a key role in meeting the challenges in the areas of health, energy, and sustainability. The education is based on the research and teaching excellence of participating universities.The students will, in excess to basic skills in polymer technology, get a broader understanding of the research in this field through the studies in two different universities. The programme includes the first year in one partner university, and the second year in another partner university.


Online application is open 16 Oct 2017 - 15 Jan 2018. Please find more info at program's KTH website


Structure of studies

The Polymer Technology is a two-year programme of full-time studies with 120 ECTS credit points.The programme is structured in two parts:

1. The first year studies are divided into core courses (25-35 ECTS) and key competence (25-35 ECTS). The core courses cover the  areas of polymer chemistry and polymer physics.

2. During the second year you specialize in one of the five subjects: biomaterials science, advanced materials, polymer engineering, macromolecular materials, and industrial processes. Each of the subjects defines a study track.

It is required that you start at one of the partner universities for part 1 and finish your studies at another university for part 2.

Year 1 at Aalto

The first year studies at Aalto University include courses both in Polymer Technology and in Polymeric Biomaterials, in total 60 ECTS credits. At first the student learns polymer physics, synthesis and properties both in theory and practice. The studies include also surface and colloid chemistry and it is possible to take courses in biopolymers and various communication skills. In the first year studies of Polymeric Biomaterials the student has the possibility to choose from a variety of courses (e.g. polymerization engineering, forest biorefineries and nanotechnology in forest biomaterials) and it is possible to study also instrumental analysis in surface, polymer and nanoscience. These studies prepare students for the tracks of Polymer Technology (KTH) and Polymer Engineering (DTU).

Year 2 at Aalto  (after completing the first year in another partner university)

In the second year studies at Aalto the student should study a total of 30 ECTS from the courses belonging to the field of the specialization track Biomaterials Science. The spring semester is allocated for the 30 ECTS Master’s THESIS. The second year specialization thus requires the student to obtain a total of 60 ECTS.

Home page of Polymer Technology at Aalto University.


Study tracks

Biomaterials Science (Aalto)

The goal of the Biomaterials track at Aalto University is that the student is able to utilize biomass in an ecologically and economically sustainable way and has profound knowledge of the trends in modern polymer technology. The specialization Biomaterials Science has a strong focus on natural polymers, polymers based on renewable recourses, biodegradable polymers and the interphase between polymer science and biological sciences. This track is for students with a solid background in chemistry and chemical engineering.

Advanced Materials (CTH)

Polymer Engineering (DTU)

Macromolecular Materials (KTH)

Industrial Processes (NTNU)


Programme-specific requirements

Degree Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree (B.Sc. or B.Eng.) corresponding to a minimum of 180 ECTS in Chemistry or closely related subject.

The applicant must show following knowledge in the application documents: courses in Chemistry or closely related subjects corresponding to at least 50 ECTS cr, and courses in Mathematics, Numerical analysis and Computer science corresponding to at least of 20 ECTS cr.

English language requirements:

The applicants must have an excellent command of English and they must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL and IELTS. No other English proficiency tests are accepted.


  • TOEFL:
    • Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4,5)
    • Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22)
    • When you take the TOEFL test, you need to order the official test report to be sent directly to Aalto University, reporting code 7364 as soon as the score is available. Only this official score report submitted by ETS is accepted. In addition, you can enclose a copy of the test result in your application if available. More information on TOEFL.
  • IELTS: 6.5, no section lower than 5.5 (only IELTS Academic accepted)
    • When you take the IELTS, enclose a copy of the result to your application package. The IELTS test result can be verified officially by Aalto University at a service offered by the testing authorities. More information on IELTS.
  • English language test exemptions:
    • Applicants who have completed a higher education degree and the requisite studies in an English-language programme requiring a physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States.
    • Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year degree instructed in English in an EU/EEA country.

Evaluation criteria

All applications are academically evaluated by the consortium partner universities. For candidates fulfilling the admission requirements, the ranking of applicants is done on the basis of the applicants' academic achievements. Admission is based on joint decision by the admission board of the consortium.

Application steps

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please see the program's KTH website.

The online application opens on 16 October 2017 and closes 15 January 2018.

Tuition fees and scholarships


Currently Aalto, DTU, KTH and Chalmers charges fees from non-EU/EEA students. Some universities also have a compulsory student union fee. Please read more at the individual universities webpage:

Contact information

For questions concerning Aalto University study track:
Academic Coordinator Pirjo Pietikäinen, email pirjo.pietikainen [at] aalto [dot] fi
Administrative Coordinator Anja Hänninen, email anja.hanninen [at] aalto [dot] fi


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